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    HeavyG's Avatar
    Yes, console gaming is more profitable. Consoles are cheap to manufacture, cheap to buy, so more people have them. They give a wider marketing target to game developers. That being said, PC games still have a lot of extras to offer if you can afford a high end PC. XBOX and Playstation simply can't compete with the high resolution and high details of a high end PC. Those that demand the absolute best experience from their games should invest in a PC.

    Consoles still have some great games, but some games are just better suited for the PC, such as Battlefield 3. They can likely make a scaled down version of Battlefield 3 for the consoles, but I wouldn't expect anything compared to the PC version.
    DJ Ms. White's Avatar
    According to the devs, BF3 is a PC first game.
    Mr_Blonde_OPS's Avatar
    Is BF3 being made for consoles, then ported to PC? Or the other way around. How does PC gaming compare to Console gaming these days? To the average gamer, like me, it seems that console gaming is the more profitable area. That makes me think that BF3 was first made for the console....but I hope not.
    Mr_Blonde_OPS's Avatar
    Very good blog Heavy. I'm looking to build my first rig for the release of BF3. I play on a laptop right now and will definitely need a desktop. Might be sending some questions your way when it comes time to start buying all the parts.
    Bane's Avatar
    Oh Brands
    PSUs: Antec, Corsair, Enermax, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling
    Video Cards: Sapphire (ATI), EVGA (NVIDIA)
    HDD: Western Digital
    Cases: CoolerMaster, Antec, Corsair
    Mobos: Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA, MSI
    Memory: Corsair, OCZ, Patriot

    Make sure you do your homework before you buy. I for the most part avoid buying generic parts, unless it's a case and I want to mod it
    And make sure to find about Lifetime warranties! EVGA has one, BFG HAD one before they kinda died off.
    Bane's Avatar
    Never skimp on power supplies. Just because it's rated for a certain amount, doesn't mean it can handle it at full load. Johnnyguru has some of the best PSU tests and a private hotbox to test functionality and 80+ certification.

    When it comes to cases, i've given up on small ones. Super MID and Full Tower cases for now!
    If you plan to move the case a lot, look to aluminum cases as they are significantly lighter. After building and working in cases for the past 8 years, I must say look for a case that has good cable management features. This includes space behind the motherboard tray for cable routing, cable routing holes around the mobo tray, etc.
    A removable motherboard tray is always nice, but it often sacrifices cable management functionality. When you have good cable management, what follows is great airflow and better operating conditions for your computer This often means you want to buy a brand case over a generic case unless you have modifications in mind.
    Updated 07-21-10 at 01:29 AM by Bane
    hannibal's Avatar
    Yeah, I have an E8500 with an ATI 5870 and it is almost a maxed out performer according to futuremark. As I have stated previously though all benchmarks like. You probably get more from the move to a DDR3 setup than from a new processor.

    -H
    Updated 07-19-10 at 01:54 AM by hannibal
    hannibal's Avatar
    I still buy antec case currently I am in a antec 1200 but I do use chebro when building servers (or for really long video cards) I will only buy mobos from ASUS and gigabyte. I agree, usually we learn brand loyalty through bitter tears, like buying an ECS mobo.
    Raush's Avatar
    Great blog entry, totally agree with it. I've always been the kind of person willing to pay an extra $50 if it means I get the real deal instead of a cheap clone.

    It pains me when someone builds a great system and goes with some no-name 500 watt PSU to power it . . . you are literally killing the life of your machine.

    My personal choices would be Antec for cases, Corsair for PSU's, Gigabyte motherboards (so many nice features on them), Sapphire video cards, and Western Digital for your large storage hard drive. I've had great experience with all of them.
    GReYVee's Avatar
    Agree completely. Heck My build is from late '06 and still does very well. I think the biggest thing here is the recent advancements in hardware have changed.
    5-6 years ago we were seeing more interface changes. New sockets, Core2Duos, big jumps in clock frequencies, larger need and support for additional RAM., Sata/Sata2, PCIe Graphics, etc.
    Now it's just the slow step process at fully utilizing these large bandwidth interfaces. And software devs havent even gotten the multicore use down to it's fullest.

    You can build a brand new rig and it will show, but nothing compared to building a rig and seeing the difference from 2002 to 2006.
    QuickLightning's Avatar
    I was thinking this while contemplating my new build as well. The one big title I am really looking forward to, Diablo III, is expected to run on "a very wide range of machines." So I am not really expecting to necessarily need an upgrade anytime soon.
    vafaskillz's Avatar
    I def agree with you...I still have a quad core q9450 from 2-3 years ago on a 790i board and these components still rock my socks off. Thats why I upgraded to a new monitor and will take the plunge into 3d gaming soon. At least my upgrade will be offering me a new gaming experience